Aquinas Downs #9 Olivet Nazarene, wins by Walk-Off over Ottawa (Arizona)
VSN (admin) Published Sunday, March 06, 2022 – 17:30
Aquin’s softball team picked up two big wins on the first day of their trip to Arizona on Saturday afternoon (March 5) at Lincoln Park in Tucson, Arizona. After losing Game 1 to Tabor (Kan.) 11-4, the Saints cruised to a 3-2 win over Ottawa (Arizona) and beat No. 9 Olivet Nazarene 7-2 for their second victory against a top – 10 team this season. AQ is now 5-3 in its first eight games.
MATCH 1: Tabor (Kan.) 11, Thomas Aquinas 4
The Bluejays scored the first six points of the game to take an early lead. Grace Maguire started in the circle and went 1-1 this season after pitching one and a third inning and allowing six runs on seven hits and one walk, while striking out three.
The Saints tried to make up the deficit by scoring two goals in the second set. Kaelyn Stafford doubled to left center field to score Emma Housemanthen finally scored on a groundout by Carson Hendrickson to bring the score to 6-2.
The teams traded runs in the third inning with Jordan Humitz single in Haley Myers after TC scored his seventh run of the game. Nina Bennet relieved Maguire and allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk after Tabor scored another run in the fourth and fifth innings.
Christyona Arballo pitched the last three and two-thirds innings as the Bluejays scored two more runs in the seventh inning. Leah Vaughan brought the Saints’ final inning to the seventh when she singled and Taylor Charon scored to make the final score 11-4.
MATCH 2: Thomas Aquinas 3, Ottawa (Arizona) 2
It was a pitching duel in the game against the Spirit as only five runs were scored. OUAZ took a 1-0 lead in the second set on an error by AQ. The saints responded in a big way as Ashley Snyder threw his first home run of the season which gave Aquinas a 2-1 lead with Stafford also scoring.
Ottawa responded with the tying run in the sixth inning. However, at the end of the seventh inning Izzy Dawson picked the midfielder to score Vaughan and give AQ the 3-2 win.
Lea Ash improved to 2-1 this season after pitching its third straight full game. Ash gave up two runs (one earned) on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three.
GAME 3: Thomas Aquinas 7, #9 Olivet Nazarene 2
Big shots were the name of the game in the upset of the day. The scoring didn’t start until the third inning when Halee Holman marked on wild UN terrain. The Tigers responded late in the inning with a solo home run and an RBI single to take a 2-1 lead.
Those would be the only two points Olivet Nazarene would score as the Saints clinch the next six points. The first three runs came off the bat for Dawson with his first home run of the season clearing the left field fence and scoring Emily Cline and Holmann.
In round six, Emma Houseman capitalized on a Tigers error by doubling to left field and tackling Holman and Vaughan. The last descents took place in the seventh while by Courtney Hardin The RBI single brought Bennett to score.
Kayla Fessenden pitched the first three innings for the Saints and allowed two runs on eight hits, while striking out two. Vaughan went 2-0 after pitching the last four innings scoreless and allowing just one hit.
Thomas Aquinas will play two more games tomorrow (March 6) against Dakota Wesleyan at 12:00 p.m. and Jamestown at 2:15 p.m.
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